Are you feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, or worried you will make poor food choices during the holiday season? How does a family movie marathon sound? It may actually be good for your health! Whether you realize it or not, you could be experiencing the side effects of stress. Stress can take a toll on your mental and physical health, especially if left untreated. If these symptoms build up you can also experience weight gain, headaches, muscle tension, elevated blood pressure, and insomnia. The best way to reduce these indicators is through stress management. So, sit back, relax, and unwind with these stress management techniques:
- Seriously…Relax: Stress can result in unhealthy food choices and binge eating. The holidays can be a busy time and it’s important for you to take time for relaxation. Studies have shown that stress increases insulin and cortisol levels, prompting people to eat more. Why not include those you love while you relax! Plan a movie night! Take it easy with those you care about!
- Healthy Eats: Stress levels and healthy eating habits are closely related. When overwhelmed, most people resort to sugary, fatty snacks as a pick-me-up. Instead, if you crave something sugary, try some of our sweet and low-calorie options, such as our S’mores Pudding or Chocolate Sensations.
- Get In-Tune: Play soothing music while you and your loved ones cook a healthy meal. This powerful tool can slow down breathing and heart rate, lower blood pressure, and relax tense muscles too. Visit our Signature Patient Website to find family friendly recipes to share!
- Walk It Off: Moving your body can help ease anxiety and revitalize the spirit. Get the family together for stretching on the lawn or an afternoon walk in the park. De-stress as a team!